Sunderland set to seal swoop for German striker
Published 23:00 06/01/10 By Alan Nixon
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is making a major swoop for German international striker Kevin Kuranyi - and opened the door to Kenwyne Jones to be sold.
Bruce hopes to sign Schalke 04 hit man Kuranyi in a £3.5million deal today, flying him in as soon as possible to sort out his personal terms and medical ahead of a top-class capture.
However Kuranyi's arrival - after six seasons with Schalke in the Bundesliga - will signal a chase for Trinidad and Tobago target man Jones who will lose out when he checks in.
Brazilian-born Kuranyi has been prolific since signing for Stuttgart as a kid and he recently passed the landmark of 100 senior goals in German club football. However the time has come for him to cash in and move.
Sunderland stepped in for Kuranyi, who is a free agent in the summer, and they have been sorting out a reduced fee with Schalke for the past 48 hours.
Kuranyi, a 6ft3in front-runner, would be the new partner for top scorer Darren Bent and that will leave Jones in the cold. Bruce has had interest in him before and could be tempted to let him go now.
Jones is valued at around £12 million by Sunderland but could still interest a handful of Premier League clubs - with Stoke City and Brimingham keen to land him and with the biggest money to offer for him.
Stoke chief Tony Pulis has been after Jones for months and would take him to play for his ambitious outfit and clear the way for James Beattie to leave - with Blackburn Rovers heading the queue for their old boy.
Selling Jones would also let Bruce go for more players with the profit. He wants Coventry keeper Kieran Westwood and a couple of new defenders.
Sunderland chief Bruce could also speed up his swoop for Middlesbrough contract rebel Adam Johnson. He plans to sign him in the summer when his deal runs out but may be able to offer some money just now.
And any other cash left would go towards a bid for Wigan old boy Maynor Figueroa, who will be sold if the right offer comes in from the Black Cats